Ubisoft may or may not be an enemy to PC gamers, but the publisher’s definitely a friend to the environment. Beginning with the PC release of Splinter Cell Conviction, Ubisoft’s set to roll out its 100 percent-recycled polypropylene “ecoTech” DVD cases, which are apparently the “most environmentally friendly” cases in the entire entertainment industry.
In addition, Ubisoft plans to bring its console releases up to speed with their PC counterparts, which have in turn recently caught up to almost every gamer everywhere by ditching paper instruction manuals. Seriously, do you ever read those things? We sure don’t.
The publisher notes that – before its switch to digital manuals – “one ton of paper used in Ubisoft’s game manuals consumed an average of two tons of wood from 13 trees, with a net energy of 28 million BTU’s (equivalent to average heating and energy for one home/year), greenhouse gases equivalent of over 6,000 lbs of CO2, and wastewater of almost 15,000 gallons.”
Yeesh. Sorry about that one, Mother Nature. The gaming industry didn’t mean anything by it. Honest! As for all the rampant virtual deforestation we caused in Far Cry 2, though, we really don’t have any excuse for that. Then again, the day we come across a game where it’s a crime to play lumberjack with a tree or two but a-okay to shoot people in the face is probably the day we’ll trade-in our rigs and take up a new hobby. Just sayin’.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another, they say. But in this case, it’s both one thing and another. First, we found out that we won’t be able to take Splinter Cell Conviction for a test run on the PC, and now comes word that the PC version of Ubisoft’s latest grizzled stealth-shooter needs a couple extra weeks on the grill.
Originally set to launch on April 13, the game will now drop on April 27. Amazon.com originally broke the news, and a Ubisoft rep confirmed its veracity with Big Download. Sorry folks – this one’s set in stone.
As for why Conviction was delayed, Ubisoft wouldn’t say. Generally, these little release hiccups are due to hang-ups in the certification process, so we’re gonna guess it’s just something mundane like that. Sorry, conspiracy theorists, no dice here. Besides, don’t you already have enough evidence to justify that tinfoil hat?
Splinter Cell’s pretty-spry-for-an-old-guy hero Sam Fisher may be a master of tip-toeing about, but when his massive multimedia franchise takes even the slightest step, everyone notices. So when Ubisoft announced that an Xbox 360 Splinter Cell Conviction demo’s quickly closing on its March 18 release date, PC gamers immediately began asking about their slice of the pie. And, for better or for worse, Ubisoft answered.
“Sorry guys, tomorrow’s demo is for X360 only. There are no plans for a PC demo,” tweeted community developer Li Kuo.
On one hand, it’s just a demo. On the other hand, this happened. Whether it’s simply a case of bad timing or a purposeful disregard for PC gamers, Ubisoft’s certainly going to town on that hornets’ nest. We’re thinking it’s only a matter of time before they get stung.